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How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Before you immediately dismiss the idea of making your own laundry detergent, I should let you know a couple of things about me:

  1. I am not really a do-it-yourself kind of gal.
  1. Chemistry was the only class I failed while I was still in school.

If I can make laundry detergent on my own, so can you.

This handy “recipe” calls for stuff like washing soda -which I had no idea what it was until giving this a try- and Borax, which I was pretty sure was the gritty stuff we used in elementary school to wash our hands.  Looking at the list of needed ingredients I felt a little out of my league. I had no idea where to start and if I was going to blow the house up by not mixing the ingredients correctly. Luckily I was able to find everything I needed at the supermarket right down the road and no, I didn’t blow my house up.

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

  • 4 cups of water.
  • 1/3 bar of cheap soap, grated.
  • 5-gallon bucket for mixing.
  • 3 gallons of water.

Mix the grated soap in a saucepan with 4 cups of water, and heat on low until the soap is completely dissolved. Add hot water/soap mixture to 3 gallons of water in the 5-gallon bucket, stir in the washing soda and Borax, and continue stirring until thickened. Let the mix sit for 24 hours, and voila! Homemade laundry detergent. Thanks to MoneyTalkNews for this recipe.

Putting everything together was actually pretty simple and the whole process really intrigued my kids. We did make a bit of a mess in the process, and it certainly wasn’t as easy as grabbing a jug of detergent off the shelf at the supermarket, but I did get some detergent that seemed to do a decent job of cleaning my clothes. I wasn’t sure about the amount of homemade detergent I was supposed to use, and I think I used a little too much, but all in all it was a successful project.

My Thoughts On Making My Own Detergent

Does this mean I will stop buying detergent at the store and will forever be transformed as a do-it-yourself gal who starts making my own pasta and can pickles? Probably not. This was a time consuming project but was also cost effective. If you are looking for ways to cut corners in your budget this may be a good option for you. And at least I can say that I have actually made my own laundry detergent.

Take that, high school chemistry teacher!


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